DANSVILLE — A community has come together to bring awareness to the seriousness of diabetes in a very unique way.


Students from the Metal Trades Program at the Mount Morris Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center have teamed up with Noyes Hospital to bring an incredibly unique and highly visible fundraiser to Dansville.


Students have been working tirelessly for weeks to create stunning sculptures that will be auctioned off to raise money for Noyes Hospital. The funds raised at this auction will be earmarked for diabetes treatment and education. Bid Adieu to Diabetes is the name of this year’s Metal Trades Project and it is a joint effort of the Dansville Lions Club, Rotary Club, Ambulance Corp and Moose Lodge.


Dansville Lions Club Member Louis Colella said this idea started a long time ago, and was meant to bring an awareness to diabetes in the area.


“We wanted to join other clubs and organizations to make this a much bigger event,” he said. “It is important to get the message out there about diabetes education and treatments. It covers a very wide area, and has a terrible lasting effect on people. I talked with Amy Pollard of Noyes Health and she is very glad we are doing this fundraiser.”


The community kick-off event will be held at Star Theater on May 11 at 11 a.m. at 144 Main Street. Event committee volunteers, Metal Trades students, Olie Olson, Dansville Art students and Matt Buckholz and Greg McMaster, will attend this event to describe the project, sculptures and they will share their experiences. This event is open to the public and the community is invited to attend.


“Diabetes has become extremely prevalent in our society. Depending on the severity, it can have devastating effects. There is a great need to educate and control this disease. Noyes Health’s diabetes program not only educates and assists patients in Dansville, but also in Hornell, Geneseo, Cohocton and Nunda,” Colella said. “This fundraiser shows how several different organizations in a small town can work together for the better good of its community.”


The auction will take place Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m. at The Dansville Moose Club located at 6 Main Street. Tickets for the auction are $10 per-person and can be purchased beginning April 24 at the following locations:Skips Flooring,17 Maple Street, Dansville,Millcreek Optical,205 Main Street, Dansville,Dogwood Floral,142 Main Street, Dansville.


“On behalf of Noyes Hospital, and the event committee, we are honored to be a part of this endeavor. This has been a very rewarding project. Working with Olie Olson and his students has been a very enlightening experience for all of us,” said Peter Bacon, event committee member.


Beginning May 11 and continuing through the month of May, the sculptures will be displayed at various businesses and locations throughout the Dansville area.


The sculptures are various themes and stand several feet high. Examples include a cardinal, rooster, sunflower, a life-size dog, a bouquet of roses and a frog playing a guitar. Art students from Dansville High School have painted many of the sculptures.


“The students are excited about the cause and the sculptures really reflect their talents. I’m very proud of the work they’ve done this semester,” said Olie Olson, Metal Trades Instructor.


All of the funds for these events will go to the Noyes Diabetes Education Programs.